(MCPON, pronounced "mic-pon") is a unique non-commissioned rank in the United States Navy. The holder of this rank and post is the most senior enlisted member of the U.S. Navy. He is appointed by the Chief of Naval Operations to serve as a spokesman to address the issues of enlisted personnel to the highest positions in the Navy. As such, he is the senior enlisted advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations as well as the Chief of Naval Personnel. His exact duties vary, depending on the CNO, though he generally devotes much of his time traveling throughout the Navy observing training and talking to sailors and their families. In 1988, the MCPON's spouse was made the Ombudsman at Large, authorizing her to travel around the fleet with her husband, representing the interests of the spouses of enlisted members.